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If you were looking at an intel mATX board I'd suggest the Gigabyte Sniper M3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128551

Lots of great features packed into a board at this price point. I actually just bought this board for my brothers PC and it's running perfectly stable.
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I'm just worried about rmaing a board or the components failing

Doesn't matter what you buy there will always be the chance that what you receive is defective. I will say that I RARELY have issues with motherboards and I've built 50+ rigs in the past couple years. My biggest culprit for RMA's... monitors.
post #13 of 23
man RMA is sick. you give em a credit card. send em your board AFTER you get a new 1. sometimes i just RMA my boards just cus i can son. WUTUP THERMAL PASTE IN LARGE SUPPLY
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Someone should patent the idea because the failproof motherboard doesn't exist AFAIK.
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You are much better off using trusted review sites smile.gif

Plenty of problems with review sites as well. Many of them have significant incentive to emphasize the positive aspects of a review and they often receive cherry picked review samples that may not be a good representation of what one is likely to encounter retail. Also, review sites rarely have hardware long enough to do a really detailed examination of it.

Indeed my current board had issues so major that I had to go out and buy another board to use while the firmware matured.

These issues weren't some random niche problem either. Every single X79S-UP5 behaves the same way prior to the F4u firmware, yet no review makes any mention of it. No reviewers seem to have noticed it. Why? Because they were not thorough. Almost no one is.

Every major review site, and even Sin's review on OCN completely missed the fact that any 3930k (and possibly other i7s) C2 used on this board would throttle at heavy loads because of a broken TDP limiter, but everyone who actually checked for this problem found it.

There are way more reviews that more closely resemble advertisements than critical analyses.
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post #16 of 23
Don't read these silly reviews that can be found on websites such as Newegg or Amazon, most of the time, it's user error that causes the failure and not the board. However, that being said, any electronic component can arrive DOA, no company is immune to it.

If a board really does have serious issues, it will be mentioned in a independent professional review. I've built probably 5 or 6 rigs in the past and never had a DOA item. If you worry about issues such as these, you'll never buy a component at all.
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post #17 of 23
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Plenty of problems with review sites as well. Many of them have significant incentive to emphasize the positive aspects of a review and they often receive cherry picked review samples that may not be a good representation of what one is likely to encounter retail. Also, review sites rarely have hardware long enough to do a really detailed examination of it.

Indeed my current board had issues so major that I had to go out and buy another board to use while the firmware matured.

These issues weren't some random niche problem either. Every single X79S-UP5 behaves the same way prior to the F4u firmware, yet no review makes any mention of it. No reviewers seem to have noticed it. Why? Because they were not thorough. Almost no one is.

Every major review site, and even Sin's review on OCN completely missed the fact that any 3930k (and possibly other i7s) C2 used on this board would throttle at heavy loads because of a broken TDP limiter, but everyone who actually checked for this problem found it.

I agree with what you say but given the choice between reading New egg/Amazon reviews or somewhere like [H]

[H] wins every time smile.gif
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Oh, I fully admit that most negative user reviews are due to random flukes, or more commonly, user error.

It's not always easy separating the nonsense from legitimate complaints, but user reviews shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. If strong trends are seen, their may be something to it. Also, there are some competent users who do write reviews on these sites.
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Can anyone recommend a good board? One they have experience with?
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